Licensing information for Cayman Islands - ZF

Prepared by: OH2MCN - Veke & JH6RTO/ZF2SF - Seiji & G4FRE/WW2R/ZF1IQ & W4DN - David & CARS homepage & K0BJ/ZF2CM Bruce & ZF2DN - Dave & John Cornwell NC8V/ZF2JC & N3ME - Tony, K0NR - Bob, David, K2DBK/ZF2DK, 9M6DXX Steve, DL1THM / ZF2TH - Torsten
Status: 1995, revised 1996, addition July 1997, Jan 1999, Feb 1999, July '99 links added, Jan '01, Mar '02, Jan '04, Mar '05, May '07, 08, Mar 11

Intro: If you have a foreign ham license, you will get a license in Cayman Islands.

The Information & Communications Technology Authority (ICTA)
[P.O.Box 2502] FAO
Ms Nikki S Forbes Email: nikki.forbes at 
Alissta Towers - 3rd Floor
85 N. Sound Way
George Town, Grand Cayman

Voice telephone: +1 345 946 4282 / +1 345 945 8283 / +1 345 746 9613
Fax telephone: + 345 945 8284

Nikki.Forbes at or licensing at

CAYMAN ISLANDS: Cayman Amateur Radio Society [CARS]
Address: P.O. Box 1029, Grand Cayman
zf1a at

Paperwork needed:
See the application form and import licence on the Web (zfa.htm). The following documentation should be sent to the above address (ICTA):

  1. Copy of valid amateur license in country of origin.
  2. Copy of passport (or valid driver's license with picture).
  3. Fee in the amount US$ 25.00 made payable to the Cayman Islands Government. (kindly note this needs to come in the form of a Bank Draft, Money Order or Certified Cheque, drawn on a US Account.) WE DO NOT ACCEPT PERSONAL CHEQUES.
  4. If you bring equipment with you, you will need to send an additional US$ 12.20 for the Import Application (see appl form zfa.htm).
    *Please do not use the Import forms that are on the Internet as they are not valid and we will not accept them. Licensees will need to contact our office to obtain an original.
    *NOTE: There is also a CI$10.00 fee for the Import application that is due everytime equipment is brought to the Island. It will be valid for that year for the specified equipment.
  5. If you have a preference for a specific call sign, please indicate this on your application and we will do our best to accomodate you. Your Cayman Islands Call Sign will begin with ZF2** (Please choose 2 letters).

The best way to get a license:
Special calls:
How long before you can operate?
License restrictions:
On 160 meters, some segments are prohibited.
No problems
Useful local contacts:
Places to operate from:

Veikko Komppa (Veke) < oh2mcn at >

Seiji Fukushima < fksm at >

Addition from Torsten Harenberg <harenberg at>
Date: 8.3.2011
Update for Cayman Islands ZF

Addition from: K2DBK - David [k2dbk at]
Date: 24 May 2007

Hello Veke, I recently went through the process of getting a license for operating from the Cayman Islands, and since I used a lot of the information from your site to help me get started, I wanted to pass back some of my experiences.

First, I would suggest that if you're not going to get your license in person (I don't have any experience with that), that you allow at least 2 to 3 months before a trip to be on the safe side. I sent my initial email to the ICTA on March 31, the reply email took about 2 weeks, and it took about a month after that to have my license issued.

From discussions with a couple of other folks, it's my understanding that Kevin Washington, who's currently mentioned in the licensing materials on your site, has been very ill and is only in the office occasionally. In fact, although my initial email was sent to Kevin, and he did respond once, the other communications that I had were with Nikki Forbes ( Nikki.Forbes at ). I would recommend either contacting Ms. Forbes directly for licensing matters, or at least contacting both Ms. Forbes and Mr. Washington.

I got notifice via email from Ms. Forbes that the license had been issued, and I received the official copy of the license and my import permit at my US residence about a week later.

I hope this information is helpful.

73, David, K2DBK/ZF2DK

Correction From: Bob Witte K0NR <bob at 
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2005 

The instructions on your web page say:
Fee in the amount US$ 25.00 made payable to the Cayman Islands Government (kindly note this needs to come in the form of a Bank Draft, Money Order or Certified Cheque, drawn on a US Account.) WE DO NOT ACCEPT PERSONAL CHEQUES.

I sent a Certified Check on a US Account, made out to "Cayman Islands Government". This is apparently incorrect. See attached email.

Bob Witte, K0NR

--- Durl Grant <durl.grant at wrote:

From: "Durl Grant" <durl.grant at
To: <Bob at
Subject: Reciprocal Amateur Radio Licence
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2005 13:26:26 -0500

Dear Bob,

Mr. Kevin Washington (our Licence Analyst) is currently out of Office and I'm filling in for him with respect to Licencing matters. I would be happy to issue you a reciprocal licence, but unfortunately the ICT Authority cannot accept cheques made payable to the Cayman Islands Government. I am attaching a Credit Card Authorization Form in the event you may want to use that method of payment to expedite the matter. You could also wait until you arrive to get your licence and pick up your check at the same time. Of course I don't know your plans so that suggestion may not work for you. Please advise accordingly.


Durl B. Grant (ZF1DG)
Licence & Compliance Manager
ICT Authority, Cayman Islands
3rd Floor Alissta Towers
85 North Sound Way
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Direct Tel: 345-814-9613
E-mail: Durl.Grant at

Addition From: "Tony McClenny" < tony at
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2003 


I just returned from the Cayman Islands and want to provide you with an update on the licensing information.

The Information & Communications Technology Authority
Alissta Towers - 3rd Floor
85 N. Sound Way
George Town, Grand Cayman

Voice telephone: 345 814 9612 
Fax telephone: 345 945 8284

E-Mail: kevin.washington at

Prior to leaving the US, I mailed a copy of my amateur radio license, a list of equipment that I was taking with me, and a check for the licenses. Upon receipt of my letter and check, Kevin Washington e-mailed me (I provided my e-mail address in my letter) and advised that my call sign of choice was unavailable, but he suggested a couple of alternatives. I responded to his e-mail and he faxed me a copy of my ZF operator license and a copy of the import license for the equipment I was taking with me. Upon arrival in the Cayman Islands, I was ready to operate. 

Thank you for providing a place for all of us who may take a trip and need information prior to doing so. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

- Tony McClenny -
N3ME (among others)  

Addition From: John A. Cornwell [ jcornwell at ]
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2003

Please be aware that the address for licensure in the Caymans as given in the current ARRL data base no longer applies. I talked with the new licensing official by telephone today and his address is:
ICT Authority
c/o Kevin Washington
P.O.Box 2502
Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands
Telephone No. (345) 945-8283
Mr. Washington is a very helpful and personable gentleman who indicates will give all licensing matters prompt attention.

73, John Cornwell NC8V/ZF2JC

Addition From: "David Novoa" w4dn at
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2001 21:58:41 -0500

Please note that the ZF8AA location in Little Cayman Island is no longer available. The house was sold and the antennas dismantled. Davey Enterprises is no longer in the shack rental business. 73, Dave, ZF2DN

Addition From: David Novoa w4dn at
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999

Subject: Cayman Islands Reciprocal Licensing

The Cayman Islands Government now has an Office of Telecommunications (separate from the Post Office) Headed by an Executive Officer. MS JANET MUNRO is the E.O. Her address is: P O Box 10002, APO, Owen Roberts Drive, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
Tel 345/949-2919,
FAX: 345/949-5091.

73, Dave Novoa, ZF2DN (W4DN)

Addition From: Bruce Frahm < bfrahm at >
Sent: February 10, 1999

There is a little different procedure on ZF licensing. I did my 1999 renewal in person, not by mail, so am not sure of all the ramifications. BUT it is no longer done at the GPO. It is at the Office of Telecommunications which is beyond Owen Roberts airport. The address is:

Janet Munro Executive Officer
Office of Telecommunications
PO Box 10002, APO
tel 345 949 2919
fax 345 945 5091
email oftel at

Thanks and 73
Bruce Frahm K0BJ / ZF2CM

Addition from CARS homepage (3 Nov '97):

Club Meetings:

2nd Monday of each month at the club shack at QTH of ZF1EJ on Pedro Castle Road at 7:30pm local (00:30z)

Club shack:

Is available for use by visiting hams who have a ZF licence. The shack is well equipped with antennas - TH7DX, Cushcraft 40 meter 2 element beam, 80 and 160 inverted vee, 6 meter 6 element beam. There is no transceiver at this time. There is an amplifier although this is not normally needed as your ZF call is worth about 3db.

Radio regulations are available from the Legislative Assembly Building and it is recommended that all visiting hams obtain a copy shortly after their arrival. Power use is limited to 1.5KW. We have no third party traffic agreements at this time but are working on that issue.

There are hotels which try to accommodate hams needs and others which will not. We suggest that you check when making the reservation. Hotels, condos and guesthouses known to have been helpful include Holiday Inn, Coral Caymanian, Driftwood, Ron Sefton, Blackies, Tiara and Southern Cross Club.

Addition From: Dave Robinson / G4FRE < G4FRE at >
Date: 28 Nov 1996 
Note that if you are a member of the British commonwealth (UK etc) you can get a ZF1 callsign of your choosing if it hasn't been issued

Dave g4fre, ww2r, zf1iq

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